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Helping without forgetting oneself: the difficult balance of family caregivers

2022-09-27T04:22:52.780Z

PSYCHOLOGY - Often isolated in their role, caregivers must remain attentive to their needs. Today, one in five French people say they provide voluntary help to one or more loved ones in a situation of dependency due to old age or a serious, chronic or disabling illness. This is what emerges from the Caregiver Barometer carried out in July 2021 by the April Insurance Foundation. And yet, 52% of these 11 million caregivers do not see themselves as such. “In their eyes, what they do is a 'n



Today, one in five French people say they provide voluntary help to one or more loved ones in a situation of dependency due to old age or a serious, chronic or disabling illness.

This is what emerges from the Caregiver Barometer carried out in July 2021 by the April Insurance Foundation.

And yet, 52% of these 11 million caregivers do not see themselves as such.

“In their eyes, what they do is a 'natural' moral duty towards a spouse, a father or a mother”,

explains Cindy Mellier, a psychologist specializing in the clinic of aging.

Very often, we therefore slip into the shoes of the caregiver without having foreseen the conditions of this support or thought about the consequences it will have on our own life, health or relations with the loved one.

“It is very difficult to anticipate how we will, in the future, help a person close to but different from us,

underlines Dr. Philippe Thomas, psychogeriatrician.

In addition, there are resistances to this…

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Source: lefigaro

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